Low-carb and keto recipes for the perfect picnic
If you’re planning a picnic for the 4th of July, or any other occasion, we suggest opting for food that tastes great cold or lukewarm such as salads and pies. If you prefer to bring warm food, a big thermos is great for keeping stews or soups.
A picnic is something you can enjoy without making almost anything from scratch (if you don’t want to). Check out your grocery store and look for the items below to put in your picnic basket or cooler:
- Rotisserie chicken or ribs: The marinade sometimes have sugar in it. If you’re not too sensitive the amounts will probably be ok for this occasion
- Coleslaw: Some brands might have sugar in them so be sure to check the labels and pick the best one you find
- Store-bought sauces: Béarnaise sauce, aioli or a high-quality mayonnaise
- Smoked salmon
- Cold cuts
- Fresh berries: Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are good choices
Ps. Don’t forget to pack a big blanket, napkins, plates, glasses, silverware and maybe a fun game.
When bringing a salad along for a picnic, it’s a good idea to keep the greens, protein and dressing or vinaigrette in separate containers until it’s time to eat, so that you don’t end up with a soggy salad.
More good stuff
In the thermos
For even more ideas on what to eat, please see all of our low-carb recipes
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